Author: Rob van Riet

November 24, 2016

Make Nuclear Weapons the Target

On 6 August 2011, Australian Red Cross launched its ―Make Nuclear Weapons the Target‖ campaign to raise awareness of the unacceptable humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and the urgent imperative of clarification on the prohibition of their use. However, this is not the first time …

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November 24, 2016

The Illegality of Nuclear Weapons

If international law as an institution is to have any relevance, it must apply to critical issues. Nuclear weapons do not fall beyond its scope – indeed they pose its most critical test. These instruments of terror, through their ordinary use, cause human suffering on …

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November 24, 2016

The United Nations and a Humanitarian Approach to Nuclear Disarmament

Do you imagine that political constitutions spring from a tree or rock and not from the disposition of citizens? — Plato1Inscription without reference, Alfred Zimmern, The League of Nations and the Rule of Law (London: Macmillan and Co., 1939), p. vi. One often hears that …

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November 24, 2016

Risks Arising from Peacetime Nuclear Operations: A Report on a Presentation by Bruce Blair

At the Vancouver conference,1“Humanitarian Law, Human Security: The Emerging Paradigm for Non-Use and Elimination of Nuclear Weapons”, convened by The Simons Foundation and the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms in Vancouver, Canada, February 10-11, 2011. on February 10, 2011, Dr. Bruce Blair, Co-Founder …

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November 24, 2016

How Many Points of the Law is Possession?

Possession is nine points of the law,1A saying meaning that possession of a thing constitutes close to full ownership. say the skeptics. And well they might, when it comes to objects the legality of which is in dispute. Like nuclear weapons. But let us suppose …

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November 21, 2016

Nuclear Deterrence and a Trans-generational Framework

Introduction When U.S. President Barack Obama announced on 9 April 2009 in Prague his vision for a nuclear weapons-free world, but indicated that this might not be achieved in his lifetime, he advanced a trans-generational framework uncommon in political leaders – most of whom can …

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November 21, 2016

Nuclear Deterrence and Changing the Framework of the Debate: Obtaining National Self Interests by Advancing Global Public Goods

Twenty-first century security challenges are numerous, complex, and, more often than not, interconnected. At their core, each of these most pressing challenges requires cooperation and collective action. Persistent military competition and violence, along with less-than-adequate international security infrastructure, undermine efforts to cooperatively address these challenges. …

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November 21, 2016

Nuclear Deterrence, NATO and the Role of Parliamentarians

The new NATO Strategic Concept (November 2010) and the Defence and Deterrence Posture Review (May 2012) are rather disappointing. In March 2010 the Deutsche Bundestag (German Parliament) passed a resolution sponsored by all parties (except the Left), that dealt with the future of nuclear weapons. …

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September 21, 2016

Nuclear Deterrence: Not Suitable for the 21st Century

PAUL QUILÈS Some 23 years ago the Berlin Wall fell. This major event, followed by the dismantlement of the Soviet bloc, put an end to a bipolar world and caused fundamental upheaval on the international scene. Yet no new security doctrine has emerged from this profound …

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September 21, 2016

Taming Godzilla: Nuclear Deterrence in North-East Asia

ALYN WARE, KIHO HI, HIROMICHI UMEBAYASHI Godzilla, a giant monster mutated by nuclear radiation, first appears in a 1954 Japanese science fiction movie by the same name, ravaging Japan in a symbolic warning about the risks of nuclear weapons. Since then Godzilla has appeared in …

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